Do I need planning permission?

Flats

You will need to apply for full planning permission to add an extension or conservatory to your flat.

If your flat is part of a listed building, you will also need to apply for listed building consent to add an extension or conservatory.

Houses

You will need to apply for householder planning permission to add an extension or conservatory if:

  • the total area of ground covered by the extension or conservatory will be greater than 50% of the total land around the original house;
  • it will be added to the front elevation or on a side elevation that faces the road;
  • within a conservation area , it will be added to the side of a house or to the rear and be more than one storey high or it would include the cladding of any part of the exterior of a house with stone, artificial stone, pebble dash, render, timber, plastic or tiles;
  • it will be added to the side of a house and be either more than 4m in height, comprise multiple storeys or have a width that is greater than half the width of the original house;
  • it will be more than one storey and be either more than 3m deep or within 7m of a boundary wall situated opposite the rear wall of the original house;
  • it will be single-storey and more than 4m high;   
  • it will be higher than the height of the highest part of the roof of the original house;
  • its eaves will be higher than the eaves of the original house or more than 3m in height when the extension is within 2m of the boundary of the land around the house;
  • it will be more than 4m deep* on a detached house or more than 3m deep* on a non-detached house;
  • any new window located in a wall or roof slope forming a side elevation would be clear-glazed; and openable if the opening part is less than 1.7m above the floor level of the room to which it is installed;
  • the materials would differ in appearance to those of the existing house (other than for a conservatory);
  • it would include the installation of a balcony, veranda or raised platform;
  • it would include the installation, alteration or replacement of a microwave antenna, chimney, flue or soil and vent pipe; or
  • permitted development rights have been removed for your house via a condition on a preceding planning permission.

If your house is a listed building, you will also need to apply for listed building consent to add a conservatory or extension.

Temporary change to permitted development rights until 30th May 2019  

Householders can build larger single-storey rear extensions under permitted development, subject to receiving prior approval. This does not apply in conservation area .

These must be completed by 30th May 2019.

*The size limits will double from 4 metres to 8 metres for detached houses, and from 3 metres to 6 metres for all other houses.

For more information on the notification process and for information on what is required to notify us, please see the extensions section of the national planning portal

Where can I find more information?

You can find more information on the design of extensions and conservatories in Chapter 4 of Camden Planning Guidance 1 - Design (PDF)

The extensions section of the national planning portal  has lots of guidance and useful information.

Can I get confirmation that I do not require planning permission?

In situations where you may need to prove, or obtain peace of mind that an existing or a proposed extension is lawful, you can apply for a Lawful Development Certificate (LDC)

Am I likely to get planning permission?

If you want to find out whether your proposal is likely to be acceptable, please see the pre-planning application advice page for more information.

How do I apply?

Where planning permission is required you will need to submit the appropriate planning application form(s) and documents. Find more information on making a planning application

Still not sure whether you need planning permission?

If you need further advice about whether you need planning permission you can contact planning advice and information